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Description - Smash Mouth by Dana Milbank

In this irreverent campaign diary, equal parts Hunter S. Thompson and Michael Lewis, Washington Post political writer Dana Milbank remembers the bruising highlights of the 2000 presidential campaign. Contrary to most media reports, negative campaigning is actually in decline, but our political system is no better off for it. Or so believes Washington Post political writer Dana Milbank, whose campaign book Smashmouth provides a witty yet ultimately very serious look at the sense and senselessness that occurred during the 2000 presidential campaign. What matters is not whether a campaign claim is positive or negative, but whether the claim is relevant," writes Milbank. "The press should police outright falsehoods, of course, but otherwise let the candidates fight it out." Traveling by bus, plane and motorcade with the candidates, Milbank provides an indelible behind-the-scenes look at the brutal skirmishes that made up this century's first presidential campaign.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465045907
ISBN-10: 0465045901
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank is a staff political writer for the Style section of the Washington Post, for which he covers the presidential campaign. He was previously senior editor at The New Republic, where he was the magazine's White House correspondent, and before that a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal.